We (party of 6 adults) stayed in the Villa Quieta for 2 nights in March 2008, and all had a wonderful time.
From the welcoming pot of mint tea while we filled in our registration cards, to the radiators installed and turned on to heat our rooms in the evenings, the service was always attentive and discreet.
The hotel is a former family home and is fabulously furnished with rich fabrics, mosaics, plasterwork and lots of the tuya wood furniture typical of the Essaouira area.
The rooms are luxurious and range from smaller doubles to large suites, some with their own 'private' terrace facing the sea. There is also a public terrace with sea view, a walled garden with plants, flowers and an outdoor swimming pool. Too bad it was rather windy and cool during our stay, so we didn't get a chance to use the pool.
The entire hotel and grounds are kept spotlessly clean, and there is a guard on duty at the gate all night.
The hotel serves a wonderful breakfast of pancakes, Moroccan breads, pastries, coffee or tea, fresh orange juice, fruit and yoghurts; they do not serve dinner or other meals. There are plenty of good restaurants in Essaouira itself however.
The only possible drawback is the location, the hotel is at the end of the beach promenade, maybe 2-3 km from the town centre, a very pleasant walk which takes 20-40 minutes depending on your fitness level. There are plenty of taxis at the entrance to the old city walls so no problems getting to the hotel if you don't feel like walking home.
Essaouira itself is well worth a visit, a laid-back fishing town, not yet affected by mass tourism. It is right at the end of a long beach with lots of windsurfers, and the old part is surrounded by a medieval rampart complete with watchtowers and cannon. The town is famous for tuya wood, be sure to visit the workshops built into the town walls on the ocean side for some tuya wood bowls, boxes, or just about anything you can make from wood.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- a private mansion renovated into a luxurious family run Inn. On the beach, a 20-minute walk from the hustle-bustle and humidity of the medina, the Villa Quieta warmly welcomes you. You are totally secure here. Villa Quieta is spacious, sunlit, tasteful and refined. A successful blend of traditional and modern design, you will find the same comfort as in the most luxurious palaces. We have 13 double rooms, a quadruple, a two-person suite, and a penthouse — each room different and personalized with original art, fresh flowers, handcrafted furniture, and modern, luxurious bathrooms. Breakfast is served on the terrace (overlooking the bay of Essaouira, the beach, the town and the port) or in the unforgettable grand salon (approx. 4,000 sq.ft. decorated with elaborately hand-chiseled plaster ceilings, mosaic tile and Moroccan traditional furniture.) For more intimate moments, you may choose one of the smaller, cozy salons with fireplaces. A unique green expanse in the town, the Villa Quieta is the only Charm Hotel situated in a scented garden. ACTIVITIES: Miles of natural beach await you for windsurfing, fishing, long walks, water sports, camel rides, horseback riding …all a few steps away. Art galleries, fitness club, cybercafes, artisanal shopping, massage, beauty treatments, hammam, available close by. SERVICES AVAILABLE: Car rentals, bicycle rentals and airport transfers can be arranged for you; assistance in choosing and reserving activities, restaurants, guides and excursions in Essaouira and the rest of Morocco; laundry and dry cleaning; babysitter; doctor on call. AMENITIES: Welcome tea and cookies; chauffeur service in Essaouira; free parking; concierge; fresh flowers and hair dryer in room. Please tell us if you have a special need or request. With our discreet, friendly staff we are here to serve you. ... more less
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